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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, December 5, 2001

Pearl Harbor events

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Advertiser Staff


Remembrances on Dec. 7 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl begin at 10 a.m. with more than 3,000 people expected to attend. Ceremony includes "missing man" and B-52 bomber fly over, wreath laying, joint color guard and Marine Corps artillery salute.

Due to the number of visitors, the cemetery will curtail gravesite visiting until 1 p.m. Attendees must arrive at the cemetery in buses because of limited parking and security considerations. City buses will leave Alapa'i Street every 15 minutes beginning at 9:15 a.m. Fares are $1.50 each way with bus passes accepted. Special buses will leave Neal Blaisdell Center, Ward Avenue side starting at 8 a.m., with a $2 donation for the roundtrip suggested. 532-3720.

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Pearl Harbor Survivors Association National Reunion flag-raising ceremony, Hawai'i Convention Center, today, 7:55 a.m. Mayor Jeremy Harris, keynote speaker.

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The National Park Service, which operates and manages the USS Arizona Memorial, will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor with a weeklong schedule of special events for the public until Dec. 7 on the grounds of the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center.

Activities include guest speakers, authors signing books, entertainment, military bands, exhibits, color guard presentation ceremonies, historic Pearl Harbor Boat Tours, and visits by Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona survivors conducted by the National Park Service, Arizona Memorial Museum Association, Honolulu Fire Department, Honolulu Police Department and branches of the military service.

No bags, purses, diaper bags or other containers that could conceal weapons will be allowed at the visitor center. All events are free and open to the public.

  • Today, 7:30 a.m. to noon — U.S. Marine Recognition Day
  • Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — U.S. Air Force Recognition Day

Dec. 7 Ceremonies

  • 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Pacific Fleet Band, National Park Service 60th Anniversary Ceremony and special speakers.
  • 9:30 a.m. to noon Pacific Fleet Band, 108th Arizona Army National Guard Band, USS West Virginia survivor Dick Fiske and Japanese pilot Zenji Abe, USS Arizona Reunion Association Ceremony.

Arizona Memorial

USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center museum, bookstore and exhibits open daily, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. USS Arizona Memorial interpretive boat tours depart every 15 minutes, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. No reservations. Tickets dispensed on a first-come basis. No public tours to memorial Dec. 7.

For more information on National Park Service events call 422-2771, Ext. 110, or go to the Arizona Memorial Museum Association's Web site.

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The National Park Service is sponsoring the "Pearl Harbor 60th Anniversary Conference: A Day to Remember, A Time Not Forgotten," at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Dec. 1 to 5. Conference registration is $249, or $75 a day; active/reserve/retired military and students/faculty, $149 or $50 a day. For registration and program schedule, call 422-2771, Ext. 110, or go to pearlharborevents.com.

Gala banquet, tonight, 6 to 10:30 p.m., Hilton Hawaiian Village. Survivors gather for dinner, dancing and silent auction, $150. Special National Park Service entertainment and re-creation of jitterbug dance contest. Tickets, 422-2771, Ext. 110.

Correction: A National Park Service banquet Wednesday at the Hilton Hawaiian Village included 1940s entertainment and re-creation of a jitterbug dance contest. A previous version of this article incorrectly identified the activity with the USO, an organization not involved in the event.